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POINT PLEASANT — The remodel of the old Point Pleasant Hardware building into the new home of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department is on schedule for a final walk through with officials and contractors on March 5.

The final walk through was discussed at this week’s meeting of the Mason County Commission and will allow a review of the remodel and a chance to catch any last minute construction details that need completed. In addition, the commission received four bids for furniture for the building and decided to split the purchases between the four bidders to save the most money. The total cost for furniture is expected to be $20,412 - a cost that is already rolled into the loan payment for the entire project which is around $1.4 million.

In addition to the first floor and part of the second floor being used by the sheriff’s department, the building will be used for storage space for the county and the third floor apartment can be rented to a tenant.

In other commission news:

Also discussed was the Mason County Public Service District working with Hartford in regards to the water issues the town has had lately. The PSD and Hartford have decided to work out an agreement and make a plan to construct an emergency connection between the two water systems to be used only in emergencies. This valve and connections would be paid for and financed by Hartford.

County Administrator John Gerlach said the commission has been told the boil water advisory for all people who use Hartford water is still in effect and will likely be in effect until later this month when parts, which are being custom made, arrive. Water leaks have been fixed and all customers are receiving water, though some of it via low pressure, Gerlach said.

The commission asked Gerlach to draft a letter to local state senators and delegates about the declining tax base in Mason County and the need for state funds for fire departments, EMS and more fire hydrants. The letter requests an additional $2,000 for fire departments, $3,000 for EMS and $10,000 for fire hydrants.

Clifton Stewart was hired as a deputy in the sheriff’s department, filling the last vacancy the department had for deputies at this time.

Sheriff Greg Powers, also at the meeting, brought up a need in his department for new computers/portable laptops as the ones there now are around eight years old. The commission asked Powers to get a bid on what he needed and to see if he could come up with around $5-6,000 out of one of his funds to use as a down payment on financing the equipment.

County Clerk Diana Cromley presented commission members with a listing of poll workers, polling places and ballot commissioners for the upcoming election - all are first approved by the two political parties in the county.

This story based on the minutes of the recent county commission meeting and are subject to change.

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